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Monday, November 21, 2005

We Don't Use Napalm Anymore, We Use New.....

It's been over thirty years since the use of Napalm was debated on the televison news. During the last week, the subject of Napalm resurfaced but was presented as packaged by the Bush Administration, without debate, on CNN, MSNBC, and CBS. This recent mention of Napalm reminded me of the television ad campaigns that aired back in the late 50's and early 60's.

A vintage commercial is playing on the old black and white TV set in my head. There, the rabbit ears are adjusted. Now you can tune in....................

Picture the mythical average housewife of the time standing at the side of a white washing machine in what appears to her laundry room. A prop basket of dirty laundry rests near her feet. A box of soap powder sits on top of the washer. She is wearing her Stepford best: a full-skirted dress, a pert little apron, a tasteful set of clip-on earrings, a Mrs. Cleaver-styled strand of pearls, and to fuel her husband's fantasies, a pair of high-heeled stilettos. The sculptured hairdo framing her face has been permanantly cemented into place with "Eternal Hold Hairspray". The hair helmet does not move as the honest homemaker turns to face the camera.

It is with American "sell you something" sincerity that she speaks to us............

"I have always used Suds-0 to keep my family's clothes bright and clean....but I don't use Suds-0 anymore". Smiling as she touches the box of soap powder, she continues. "I switched to New, Improved Suds-0 77!"

"Suds-0's new, scientifically developed 77 formula, works better than ever at fighting dirt. My husband's shirts are brighter white and little Jimmy and Carl have the cleanest dungarees on the playground."

"I don't use Suds-0......but, I do use Suds-0 77! Buy some today for your laundry room arsenal!"

Let's turn off the black and white TV and return to the news reports mentioned in the opening paragraph. A hastily written "categorical denial" headlined the Pentagon-issued talking point. Frantic phone calls were made to Republican hawks and chickenhawks, alike. Several party loyalists appeared in living color, on the air, to voice the pre-written, agreed upon line....."We don't use Napalm."

Here is how that lone talking point would have played had it been delivered in vintage ad stye, in color, and expanded to include the truth..............

Picture the mythical people's representative, a senator, or a congressman standing before a microphone in what appears to be a government palace. A prop television reporter is functioning as a microphone holder because he does not plan to ask any follow-up questions. The legislator is wearing his Congressional best: an expensive dark suit, a white shirt, a very conservative solid colored tie, an American flag tie tack, and a pair of high-priced, spit shinned black shoes that he does not shine himself. His hair (what is left of it) is gentleman-gelled into a very bad comb-over; parted on one side and fannned out in single strands over the top of his flesh crowned dome. He steps up to the mike.

It is with American "sell you anything" sincerity that he speaks to us.........

"We have always used Napalm to keep our nation safe from Commies and insurgents.....but we don't use Napalm anymore". Smiling reassuringly at his national audience, he continues. "We switched to New, Improved Mark-77!"

"Scientists at Preempt and Rambo had conservation in mind when they developed our new incendiary formula. We are saving gas by using MK-77! It's chemical make-up includes kerosene-based jet fuel rather than the gasoline that was used in Napalm. MK-77 also contains an oxidizing agent which makes it more difficult to extinguish." MK-77, known as the modern Naplam, burns our enemies better, longer, and deader!"

"We don't use Napalm.......but we do use MK-77 500-pound firebombs! MK-77, a flash and burn plus to our "Shock and Awe" arsenal!"

Here, you can have the remote for now as long as you don't forget to tune in, same place, next time, for "NAPALM 101"......
..........Kitchen Window Woman..........

4 Comments:

Blogger James said...

It would help, if you used a photo of something the US actually DID, when talking about things like this... giving the impression that WE caused that scene when it is a well known fact that their own government initiated those violent, sensless acts.

Take a look at the background on that pic...

2:12 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

JAMES...Trang Bang was under attack by Viet Cong forces. The soldiers in the background are ARVN soldiers (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) they were fleeing as were the children who are on fire. The Napalm was dropped by an ARVN pilot who mistook the soldiers as VC. The ARVN was trained and supplied by the US. Our Napalm.

There were almost as many friendly-fire incidents with Napalm as there were attacks on civilians. I saw our napalm-burned US soldiers at Fort Sam Houston (medical base) when I was stationed there, way back. Some of them have never left the hospital. It is a terrible and inhumane weapon. It's use, along with that of White Phosphorous, is criminal and is considered a war crime by most civilized nations.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a large movement, maybe armor or air cav. The photo is yet to be determined (TBD)

4:32 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

ANONY...The photo information is available via Google.

The point here and the real tragedy is that America still actively researches, produces, and uses chemical weapons. Let's not play Bush Administration word games.....These "incendiary" weapons ARE created by combining various chemicals but the US has lobbied to provide it's own definition of "Chemical Weapon" and has choosen to use misleading terms (as if that changes or justifies the horrific in humane suffering caused by these types of weapons).

Besides weapons, war, and lies America is best known for its cruel hypocracy.

11:09 AM  

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